|Pre-registration for the 2018 Arena National Championships is now open! Clubs must pre-register their interest in submitting teams in the men’s and/or women’s event by December 6, 2017.In accordance with last season, a $60.00/team deposit will be required during the pre-registration process. For clubs that are selected to participate, individual athlete registrations will be reduced by $15.00/player. The $60.00 deposit will be fully refunded to those clubs that are not selected to participate. Clubs will be informed of acceptance into the event as soon as possible after pre-registration closes.
Official registration for the championships will run from February 7 – March 7, 2018. You may wish to keep this in mind for scheduling purposes if your club requires internal playdowns.
Please pay particular attention to the following information when forming your teams for this year’s event:
- 20 men’s teams and 15 women’s teams will be selected to participate in separate men’s and women’s divisions for a total of 35 teams. Each region will receive one entry per gender. Remaining entries will be filled by random selection, subject to the fill policy.
- If fewer than 20 men’s or 15 women’s teams register, the USCA, in consultation with the Arena Championships Advisory Group, may opt to decrease the number of teams for that gender in an effort to ensure reasonably sized pools.
- Game format will remain championship style pool play, with a four (4) game guarantee.
- All team members must be members of the same arena curling club. Individuals who also curl league at a dedicated ice facility are ineligible to participate.
- By popular demand, this year’s championships format will revert back to the men’s and women’s divisions competing concurrently. As you know, this event has more teams than any other USCA Championship, and means there will be periodic delays between practice and first game for some teams and/or between games throughout the event. Please understand this is unavoidable due to the number of teams playing on just five (5) sheets.
To express your club’s interest in putting forth a men’s and/or women’s team for the 2018 Arena National Championships, please have your club president complete the pre-registration form at: http://leagues.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=769668. The deadline for pre-registering is December 6, 2017.